It could already be too late for Newcastle to sack Steve McClaren with there being only 10 matches to go.

That is the view of Jamie Redknapp who says that Newcastle did similar with Alan Shearer, making the change too late back in 2008/09 when the rot had well and truly already sunk United.

That change came with only eight games left and most Newcastle fans thought the time to finally get rid of Steve McClaren was last month, not that there will be any tears shed if he does go now – an appointment that never should have been made – never mind allowed to stumble on so long.

The 18 day gap before the Stoke match and then Bournemouth three days later, was an obvious moment to give a new manager some decent time to inject something into this Newcastle squad.

Most Newcastle fans looked at the two matches against Stoke and Bournemouth with a target of four points, or at least a minimum of having to beat Bournemouth if the club are to survive this season.

To get zero points is obviously a failure on every level.

Jamie Redknapp thinks that it isn’t looking positive but the only chink of light is that United have a couple of match winners according to the player turned pundit.

Jonjo Shelvey clearly is one (Townsend another if he can get/stay fit…), having fought a lone midfield battle on Saturday, the one moment of class from United was his through ball for Ayoze Perez and the Spaniard applied a cool finish.

Unless the rest of the team stand up and be counted, it looks like curtains whoever is supposed to be in charge of them.

Jamie Redknapp speaking to The Mail:

“I still think they (Newcastle United) have got one or two match winners who can get them out of trouble but it’s not looking good.

“Newcastle is a passionate city and relegation battles are so emotional but it is a time when you need cool heads.

“If Steve McClaren is sacked, where do they go?

“It’s almost too late for that kind of call – it has happened before with Alan Shearer when he had eight games to save Newcastle but he couldn’t keep them up…it is a really tough call.”